Why is it always that whenever I actually need to buy something I can't? I know I swing slightly toward the luddite side of the technology scale than the must-have-the-latest-and-greatest-gadget end, but bloody hell, sometimes I just want something basic that works and not some newfangled thing that solves problems I don't have and creates new ones I never anticipated.
Okay, so today's installment focuses on me trying to buy a ladder. That's right, a ladder--a simple contraption that has no moving parts, and I figured is a pretty basic thing I should be able to pick up in any hardware store.
Why do I need a ladder? Well my dad needed to get up on his roof the other day, and took out the half-century-plus wooden ladder than he uses to get up on top of the garage level. (He has an extension ladder to get up on the top of the second story). As I mentioned, this ladder is old, and one of the rungs finally failed. Fortunately, he didn't hurt himself, but he needs a new ladder (because if he doesn't get one, he's just going to fix his old one, and honestly, it's crap shoot as to which rung is going to give way next).
His birthday is coming up, so here's an opportunity to buy him something he needs as a gift, so he can't complain (too much) about (adult) children spending money unnecessarily on gifts. (Which is a whole other rant for another day.)
So I was just online looking at ladders before I headed out shopping tomorrow to pick one up. My criteria are pretty basic: a straight ladder--not a step ladder or an extension ladder or a folding ladder, just a basic ladder roughly 10.5 feet in length. I want it lightweight and durable. This should be easy, right?
Of course it's not. Because simple, straight ladders don't exist any more, or at least they don't in my part of Canada. There are all kinds of fancy folding ones, but apparently nobody sells basic ladder. And to make matters worse, most of the ladders I'm seeing have the skimpiest weight rating imaginable. Because who wouldn't buy a ladder that's barely capable of supporting the weight of a grown man? Do manufacturers not realize that people have to carry what can sometimes be heavy equipment or supplies up and down ladders?
So now I'm stuck without an idea for a birthday gift, and we're looking at the idea of my dad repairing his old ladder, and while he's a fabulous craftsman who can fix anything and make it better, I really hate the thought of him risking life and limb on something that is just plain worn out.
All of this is because something that is basic and has worked for eons is now simply not cool enough or trendy enough or high-tech enough in this day and age when everything has to be smart or over designed or clever in some way, even when they're the complete opposite of clever!